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No Real Letdown For State No. 3 Women's Volleyball, 14 Straight Wins
After rising to No. 3 in the CCCWVCA State Top 25 poll and No. 2 in the South region, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team celebrated its lofty rankings with a sweep over visiting East Los Angeles College, 25-9, 25-19, 25-18, Wednesday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.The conference's first-place Lancers extended their winning streak to 14 matches and upped their overall record to 15-1. Now in the second round of conference play, PCC is a perfect 9-0 against SCC opponents. ELAC fell to 2-9 and 2-7 in conference.
Patti Blasco led PCC with 9 kills, 10 digs and 2 aces while setter Jessica Xu contributed 7 kills, 19 assists, 3 blocks, and a season-best 4 aces. Nicole Holmes added 8 kills and Miranda Doing had 4 kills and 3 blocks. Libero Marissa Rangel totaled 11 digs and set 2 assists. Off the bench, Chelsea Umana, Brooke Mataele, and Ruby Lopez each scored 2 kills.
PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva thought reserve defensive specialist Cambria Mendez played well on serve receive, but wasn't pleased with the overall team effort.
"All that euphoria from beating El Camino on Friday night, I guess this was a bit of a letdown," Silva said. "We didn't play well, but we got to look at some of our reserves tonight. We're excited about our leap in the rankings. We lead the conference and we control our own destiny now."
ELAC, paced by the high-leaping Briana Harvey with 9 kills and 3 blocks, led in each of the games, including a 10-5 lead to open the second set. The Lancers chipped away at that advantage and took the lead at 19-18. Doing had a block and a kill to up it to 22-18 before Patti Blasco's kill capped the game 2 win.
In game 3, ELAC was as close as 16-14, but Xu would have a 3-point stretch where she set a kill for Blasco, knocked down a solo block, and fired a kill on an assist by Klaire Blasco (11 assists, 5 digs).
[Photo--PCC's Cambria Mendez, a freshman reserve defensive specialist from Whittier High, makes the play off an East Los Angeles serve during the Lancers' 3-game sweep of the Huskies at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/21/09
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